ROCKE hosted two special topics sessions for the 2015 Colorado Kodaly Institute at Colorado State University. Jenny Authier, president, and Mallory Harrison, secretary, presented "Rhythmic Practice Activities and Assessments." Participants left with a plethora of activities and manipulatives for dictation, performance, improvisation, and reading and writing games. On July 17, ROCKE hosted Kari Michaels in her three-hour session titled "Students with Special Needs in the Kodaly Classroom." As a certified Kodaly educator and special education teacher, Kari shared special education practices and procedures, as well as techniques to highlight musical knowledge and learning for students with various needs.
ROCKE was also able to provide two scholarships for CKI students. Congratulations to Cory Bissell and Jennifer Kessler, 2015 scholarship winners!
In January, ROCKE sponsored Amy Abbott for two sessions at the Colorado Music Educators Association State Conference. Both sessions were highly attended and showcased ROCKE’s Make & Take items that were for sale. Make & Take items were designed for use by teachers of all Kodály experience levels and were nearly sold out (CD Roms are still available with CMEA's materials and extras on it).
Institute News: The Colorado Kodály Institute was held July 15-27, 2013 at Colorado State University’s University Center for the Arts. Twenty-seven students participated, representing seven states and three countries (including California, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, South Korea, and Mexico). Nineteen of the students are enrolled in the Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis degree program at CSU. When Level 1 students tallied up the number of children they teach during the school year, the total head count was: 4, 958! [and that is only Level 1!] This underscores the wide reach of children that the Institute impacts. Comprised of seven members, the CKI faculty each taught coursework in their area of expertise: Amy Abbott, Dwight Bigler, Karla Cherwinski, Bonnie Jacobi, Tanya LeJeune, Ryan Olsen, and Katalin Virágh. Alumna Susie McCollum served as Grading Assistant and Bryan Kettlewell served as Graduate Teaching Assistant. The Institute Choir Concert, held on Friday, July 26, was directed by Dwight Bigler and accompanied by Gay Slade. CSU Graduate Teaching Assistant Laura Marshall accompanied for all Conducting classes.
During Week 1 of the Institute, a Solo Student Recital was held in the Organ Recital Hall. Student performers included: Nicole Aaronson, Jennifer Chengery, Heejin Lee, Kristen Lewis, Scott Morrise, Gabriela Ocadiz, Ryan Parker, Laura Veraldo, and Kathy Ward. Alumni Susie McCollum and Director Bonnie Jacobi also performed. ROCKE Board Members (Lynn Eckert, Carla Aguilar, Jewel Wolfe, Carrie Nicholas, and Jenna Olschlager) provided a delicious home-cooked lunch for CKI students and faculty on Thursday, July 19 and shared information about the organization and about OAKE. Special Topics sessions were presented by Amy Abbott (Play Parties), Dwight Bigler (Choir Rehearsal Strategies), Karla Cherwinski (Folk Dancing), and Guest Presenter Nancy Glen from the University of Northern Colorado (History of Play Parties).
This year’s Institute also included a 3-day teaching practicum, “Kodály for Kids Days,” in which Institute students taught children from Kodály Alumni music classrooms within the Poudre School District. CSU Undergraduate students in Music Education (according to grade level). Nicole Jensen and Sam Hood, also led folk dancing, singing games, piano keyboard, and instrument crafts before the children toured the CSU Art Museum and participated in a Scavenger Hunt.
Finally, the Colorado Kodály Institute Concert was held on Friday, July 26, 2013. Each Levels class presented an original Solfège Demonstration (directed by Katalin Virágh) and entertained the audience with humorous musical skits. Following, the Institute Choir presented an enjoyable, well-prepared program of repertoire directed by Dwight Bigler: “Laudate Nomen” (Carlyle Sharpe), Lasciatemi Morire (Claudio Monteverdi), “Brauner Bursche” (Johannes Brahms), “The Evening Primrose” (Benjamin Britten), and “Mother to Son” (Dwight Bigler). The CKI Faculty were formally introduced onstage to the audience and remarks were offered by Bonnie Jacobi, Director, and Lynn Eckert, President of ROCKE (Regional Organization of Colorado Kodály Educators). Certificates were presented to students completing Levels 1 and 2, while the following Level 3 students received plaques to acknowledge their National Kodály Certification: Thomas Chen, Jennifer Chengery, Alexandria Hayes, Kate Klotz, Jennifer Kozlowski, and Myra Owens. Congratulations to these students for their hard work over the past three years! Cole Blume (Level 2) received an Outstanding Student Award. The evening ended ceremoniously with the Institute Choir and CKI Alumni singing “Harmonia Mundi,” conducted by Level 3 student Kate Klotz.
We are extremely proud of all that our students accomplished during the 2013 Institute and look forward to hearing about how their K-12 students respond to the things they have learned! Special thanks to the CKI Faculty who made the 2013 Institute such a success. We look forward to an exciting fall in Colorado with several special upcoming events: ROCKE Workshop September 7 (Sue Leithold-Bowcock/Assessment), CSU Aries Composition Festival October 26 (Composer Michael Colgrass/Teaching Kids to Improvise), and National AOSA Conference November 13-16 in Denver. Applications are being accepted for CSU’s M.M. in Music Education Kodály Emphasis degree program (a summer-residency program with online coursework during the school year). Levels 1-3 comprise half of the degree requirements. Apply by October 1 for Spring Admittance. Contact: Bonnie Jacobi, email@example.com or (970) 491-3106. Web site: http://www.music.colostate.edu/divisions/music-education-kodaly
Thom Borden, a music educator with expertise in Orff, Kodaly, and children's literature was our first presenter of our 2012-2013 season. The workshop was held August 25, 2012 at CSU in the instrumental hall in the UCA.
Throughout the workshop, we were actively moving, playing instruments, dancing, singing, enjoying childrens' literature, and making music.
Some of our favorites activities of Thom's are: Possum Come a-Knockin' with recorders, the Ribbon Dance, Cookie's Week, Queen Caroline canon, Rain Compositions, and Give me Your Hand.
Thom maintains a music blog with many manipulative ideas. You can find a wealth of information for your classrooms. Check it out! http://thomborden.blogspot.com/
Our new ROCKE Board members are:
Lynn Eckart- President
Carla Aguilar- Vice President
Jessi (Lavarnway) Miller- Secretary
Jewel Wolfe- Treasurer
Welcome aboard! They will shadow the current presidency for one year, then will take over for the 2013-2014 school year.
ROCKE rocked CMEA this year!
CMEA was January 25-28 at the Broadmoor in Coloroado Springs. ROCKE was well represented this year with many members presenting, bringing their choirs, and having their students to sing in the first All-State Elementary Choir.
Steve Soich brought his choir from Coronado Elementary, and Holly Pippin brought her Treble Makers choir from Bacon Elementary. Travelli Elementary School's percussion ensemble performed under the direction of Tara Sparks.
ROCKE Past President Carrie Nicholas presented a session on SMARTBoards in the music room, "SMART Solutions to Musical Literacy." Her SMARTBoard materials were available on ROCKE's CD-Rom at the Make & Take. Steve Soich presented a session on listening called "Let's Move! Joyful Musical First Impressions." Dr. Bonnie Jacobi with CSU students' session was titled "Pizza, Puppets, Poodles, and One Very Sneaky Snake: Unlocking Children's Musicality." Carla Aguilar, the new music education professor at Metro State University presented on Advocacy for your music program, and is the new CMEA advocacy chair. Dr. Bonnie Jacobi's session with Laura Titre, "The VOICE of the Elementary Chorus: It's About More Than Singing" helped us think outside of the box for our choirs. Tanya LeJeune used our new CO State Music Standards standards to develop "Quick Assessments in the Elementary School Classroom." See her new website: http://kodalyaspiringmusicclassroom.weebly.com/
Amanda Silvestri was sponsored by ROCKE. She was our spokeswoman for ROCKE's Make & Take fundraiser. Her "Manipulative Mania" session was well-attended and teachers got great manipulative ideas. Amanda also did a session "Gem Songs: Why They are the Best and New Ways to Use Them."
ROCKE's first ever Make & Take session was an overwhelming success. We quickly sold out of nearly every item and had a long line. Thank you for everyone's support, we were able to raise funds (twice our goal!) for workshop presenters! We hope to do another Make & Take at CMEA!
Isn't it wonderful to spend three days singing with other music teachers?
See you next year!!
Leigh Ann Garner from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota was our October presenter. She brought many new songs and fresh ideas for practicing rhythm and melody. Participants were up and moving, playing new games, practicing rhythm and solfege, and doing partwork.
We created movement and added Orff instruments to "I Don't Care if the Rain Comes Down," We practiced decoding patterns from this song with an activity called "Over the Rainbow."
Pictured is the "Stick to Staff" activity, where a class can be quickly assessed and students' answers can be anonymous.
"Alabama Gal" is a song and dance we all use in our classroom for teaching syncopa, but adding the puzzle with rhythm and stick notation was new for us.
Using manipulatives and props makes rote decoding and the practice phase of a concept much more fun for students (and teachers!). Good listening Holly, put a piece on Mr. Potato Head!
Below is "Stodola Pumpa," a Czechoslovakian song, perfect for TikaTi. No lazy feet!
After collecting pumpkins during the pumpkin relay, ROCKE members created their own patterns to perform with their group. Leigh Ann gave us ideas about how to "up the ante" and to make the same activity more challenging. These were performed as a group, then as all of the groups together, then just the TikaTikas were performed.
Frog jumping with "Frog in the Millpond" is a fun way to earn frog rhythm cards.
This workshop was well worth sacrificing our Saturday for. Thanks for coming, everyone!
All materials and activities are copyright Dr. Leigh Ann Mock Garner, 2011. All activites for classroom use only. Leigh Ann can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
We started our school year off with a bang! Our joint ROCKE & CSU workshop was well attended and packed with information and useable ideas to take back to our classrooms. Karla Cherwinski (also our CKI level 3 teacher) from Ohio was our presenter. She teaches 800-900 students in her school, which is a K-2 school.
Karla received a grant for a SMARTBoard in her classroom, and frequently uses it in her music lessons. She finds that the students are actively engaged, can receive immediate feedback, and love to interact with the technology. She guided us through the SMARTBoard basics, we saw interactive tools in the gallery, and many ways to prepare and practice concepts. We were able to add some new songs to our repertoire such as "Sasha," "Mrs, Murphy's Chowder," "Rabbit and the Possum," and "We are Dancing in the Forest."
Karla reading "Little Green" by Keith Baker. She uses this book in kindergarten for pitch exploration and collaborates with the art teacher.
A fun song for voice exploration and high & low is "I Can't Pay the Rent" (see video).
Karla uses "fireworks" on her SMARTBoard as positive reinforcement when students get a correct answer. http://www.maylin.net/fireworks2.html
"SMART Exchange" is an online sharing site where you can download ready-made lessons. Music teachers are starting to post more and more, and Karla has found some fantastic lessons there. She found a koosh ball game, some rhythm assessment files, and melodic patterns assessment lesson with audio clips. To go to the website: http://exchange.smarttech.com/index.html
Our next workshop will be October 29th with Leigh Ann Garner at Trinity United Methodist Church in Downtown Denver. There will be board nominations and a soup lunch.